Brigid Kosgei took on Sunday at the Chicago marathon less than 81 seconds off the world record. The 25-year-old Kenyan was inspired by a fellow countryman, That Kipchoge, who, on Saturday, the magic number of 2-hour breakthrough at the classic distance.
“I wouldn’t say that my day was supposed to be,” said Kosgei, after her recordrace at the press conference. “I wanted to be in the second, Kipchoge will be the female’s Kipchoge. I am focused on.”
The African’s did it on Sunday for 2 hours, 14 minutes and 4 seconds all over the 42,195 km through the morning. This plunged them under the less than of sixteen-year-old world record of the Uk’s Paula Radcliffe (2.15,25).
It was a groundbreaking weekend for the Kenyan langeafstandlopers, as the 34-year-old Kipchoge managed to get it on Saturday, in Vienna, on his second attempt at the marathon in under 2 hours. The world record holder (2.01,39) and it came out to 1.59,40, for a period of time which is due to the varying pace-makers, not as a global best that is to be recognized.
Brigid Kosgei takes her time. (Photo: Pro-Shots)
“The record was in my head
The hall of fame of Kosgei’s a lot shorter than that of her famous fellow-countryman, though she won last year’s marathon in Chicago, she was this year’s youngest winner of the London marathon.
“I didn’t expect it, I am here today to set a world record, it would drop,” said Kosgei. “I thought I had to be a time of 2.16 and figure 2.17. It is amazing to 2.14 to run, though I can’t deny the fact that I have a record in my head and had to sit down. When I first started out with my race, and I thought, ‘ I have the 2.15 required for the record of all three.”
Radcliffe was in Chicago, and congratulated her successor, immediately after the finish line. “That’s when I noticed how quickly Brigid ran out in the first part, I already knew that my record would be,” said the now 45-year-old British citizen.
Kosgei was, from the start of her race at the recordschema. “The people on the sidelines were cheering and shouting ‘world record’ for me. I felt their energy, and that has inspired me.”
“I don’t know how to explain it, what it’s like now that I managed to break the world record and to walk away. I’m very pleased about that.”
Kenya’s Kosgei crushes, the sixteen-year-old world record in the marathon